Jesus Christ said “take no thought for tomorrow…what you shall eat or what you shall drink or what you shall wear because today has enough trouble of its own.”
A few days ago I suffered a Grand Mal seizure. I was in the privacy of my own home. There was nobody here but me. Don’t cry about that. Think about all the times you are home alone for extended periods of time. It happens all the time. I didn’t even realize I had, had one until the next day! I ended up with a LARGE bruise on the right side of my back…a small stone bruise on my left hip and according to the doctors was very fortunate to have NOT severed my tongue. With no one there I would surely have bled to death. I made a big deal about having been here “alone” when it occurred and a preacher friend of mine from Kentucky texted me and quickly reminded me that I was NOT alone! Your point was well taken sir. Our middle daughter recorded a tearful video in which she said “we don’t know what happened in that room.” SHE said based on the success God had given our church that she felt like the Adversary had tried to take me out. I very much felt like I had been beaten…like I had been thrown around and beaten by a bigger, stronger man. I’ll tell you what I think…I think that when the Adversary was beating me and trying to deal me a “death blow” that he discovered what I discovered and that was that “greater is He that is in ME than he that is in the world!”
I’m not stupid…I KNOW I am going to die at some point unless the Lord returns first. However God Himself has set that appointment and there isn’t one thing Satan can do to kill me until God has predetermined that it’s my time to go! That should breed confidence in all of us. Yes Satan KNOWS our address. He knows where we live and there is “some” evidence that he has access to our domicile. God knows where I live too and scripture tells us that “the Holy one of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” He is on constant patrol around me and my “place!” Yes the Adversary can enter but he can never “sneak up” on me when God doesn’t know he’s coming! How breathtakingly reassuring that the Devil who would like nothing better than to kill me (steal, KILL and destroy me) cannot do it until God says he can…and a few nights ago God said he couldn’t! I have scrapes, bumps and bruises but think about the scrapes, bumps and bruises HE must have!! I only had to take the beating from him. HE had to take the beating from GOD!
One of my son-in-laws is a Chief of Police in the next community over from us. I often joke with him and tell him he should quit that job and become my Chief of Security. Hey… don’t laugh…have you ever heard me preach?? Chris…keep your “day job.” When I pass through the fire I will not be burned. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. It is appointed to me ONCE to die and God has set the appointment. No one can take me till then. I am protected…safe, sealed and to be delivered in God’s time.